Academic Innovation for the Public Good: Sarah Stein Greenberg

Event date: 
05/25/2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Please join our friends at Stanford Digital Education and Trinity College for a ten-part book conversation series via Zoom where leading scholars discuss how higher education can affect the public good.  The next discussion on Wednesday, May 25th at 4pm features senior vice president at Guild Education, Allison Salisburyinterviewing Sarah Stein Greenberg, Executive Director of Stanford and author of  Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways.

This event will take place virtually over Zoom. We ask that everyone register via Zoom.

Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways

by Sarah Stein Greenberg

In an era of ambiguous, messy problems—as well as extraordinary opportunities for positive change—it’s vital to have both an inquisitive mind and the ability to act with intention. Creative Acts for Curious People is filled with ways to build those skills with resilience, care, and confidence.

At Stanford University’s world-renowned Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, aka “the,” students and faculty, experts and seekers bring together diverse perspectives to tackle ambitious projects; this book contains the experiences designed to help them do it. A provocative and highly visual companion, it’s a definitive resource for people who aim to draw on their curiosity and creativity in the face of uncertainty. Teeming with ideas about discovery, learning, and leading the way through unknown creative territory, Creative Acts for Curious People includes memorable stories and more than eighty innovative exercises.

Curated by executive director Sarah Stein Greenberg, after being honed in the classrooms of the, these exercises originated in some of the world’s most inventive and unconventional minds, including those of and IDEO founder David M. Kelley, ReadyMade magazine founder Grace Hawthorne, innovative choreographer Aleta Hayes, Google chief innovation evangelist Frederik G. Pferdt, and many more.

To bring fresh approaches to any challenge–world changing or close to home–you can draw on exercises such as Expert Eyes to hone observation skills, How to Talk to Strangers to foster understanding, and Designing Tools for Teams to build creative leadership. The activities are at once lighthearted, surprising, tough, and impactful–and reveal how the hidden dynamics of design can drive more vibrant ways of making, feeling, exploring, experimenting, and collaborating at work and in life. This book will help you develop the behaviors and deepen the mindsets that can turn your curiosity into ideas, and your ideas into action.

Sarah Stein Greenberg is the Executive Director of Stanford, also known as Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. She is the author of Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Wayswhich offers ideas, assignments, anecdotes and more to foster creativity and leadership. She will be interviewed by Allison Salisbury, a senior vice president at Guild Education, which provides companies with an education platform to upskill their workers. This event is free and part of the online book conversation series, Academic Innovation for the Public Good.

Academic Innovation for the Public Good

Stanford University and Trinity College invite you to register to attend monthly book conversations in their new series, “Academic Innovation for the Public Good.” Each event features an author of a recently published scholarly work exploring the role of higher education in addressing society’s most pressing problems. An expert in the author’s field will conduct the interview, followed by audience questions. We’re excited to launch this program, which we hope will foster discussion about how to make higher education’s future more equitable and accessible.

Each of the conversations will last for one hour starting at 4pm Eastern time on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from January 26 through October 26. Stanford and Trinity are co-sponsoring the series, in collaboration with the Stanford Humanities Center’s “Recovering the University as a Public Good” initiative, the Stanford Pathways Lab, and Stanford Digital Education.

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Creative Acts for Curious People: How to Think, Create, and Lead in Unconventional Ways (Stanford Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984858160
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Published: Ten Speed Press - September 21st, 2021